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Entomology and Nematology Department

Entomology and Nematology Department

Dr. Rebecca Baldwin

Associate Professor

Dr. Baldwin is the undergraduate coordinator and an associate professor for the Entomology and Nematology Department. She directs the UF Entomology and Nematology Education and Outreach Program, advises the undergraduate Entomology Club and hosts the 4-H Insectathon and Summer 4-H Entomology Field Camp each year.

  • Research

    My research interests stem around education and training for the pest control industry. My research consists of testing low impact pesticides using fatty acid salts that can be utilized in environments with children. The target environments will include schools and daycare centers, and the target pests include ants and cockroaches. My research also includes testing training materials for the pest control industry.

  • Teaching
    • Instructor for Bugs and People ENY 1001 (2011-present)
    • Instructor for The Insects ENY 2040 (2009-2012)
    • Instructor for Life Science ENY 3007/5106 (Fall 2007-2011)
    • Instructor for Principles of Entomology and Graduate Survey of Entomology Distance Courses and Lab ENY 3005/ 5006 (2001-2005, 2007 - present)
    • Instructor for First Year Florida (Fall 2015)

Dr. Rebecca Baldwin at an outreach event


Steinmetz Hall
1881 Natural Area Dr
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 273-3974

  • Education
    • Ph.D., 2005, Urban Entomology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Dissertation title: Public perceptions of urban pest management and the toxicity of fatty acid salts to cockroaches)
    • M.S., 2000, Biology, University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA (Thesis title: Predator detection by damselfly larvae (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae) from a south temperate habitat)
    • B.A., 1998, General Studies/Biology Honors, Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, LA (Honors project - Population Genetics of the Asian Ladybeetle in Northeast Louisiana)
  • Employment

    Academic Appointments

    • 2017-present, Associate Professor, University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department

    • 2010-2016, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department

    • 2007-2010, Senior Lab Teaching Specialist, University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department

    • 2006-2007, Assistant Extension Scientist, University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department 

    Professional Appointments

    • 1999-2000, Environmental Lab Technician, Riverwood International, Environmental Department

    • 1997-2000, Educational Director (part-time), Mosquito Control Inc., Ouachita Parish Mosquito District

    • 1997-2000, Substitute Teacher (part-time), Ouachita Parish School Board, K-12 Teaching

  • Publications


    • K. Blore, R. Baldwin, C. Batich, P.G. Koehler, R. Pereira, C. Jack, W.Qualls, R. Xue. 2022. Efficacy of metal nanoparticles as a control tool against adult mosquito vectors: a review Frontiers in Tropical Diseases 3:969299 sec.Vector Biology. doi: 10.3389/fitd.2022.969299.
    • C. Parker, R.M. Pereira, R.W. Baldwin, A. Chaskopoulou, P.G.Koehler, 2017. Laboratory evaluation of a novel lethal ovitrap for control of Aedes aegypti. Journel of Medical Entomology,
    • B.E. Campbell, R.W. Baldwin, P.G.Koehler201Locomotion Inhibition of Cimex lectularius L. Following Topical, Sublethal Dose Application of the Chitin Synthesis Inhibitor Lufenuron. Insects. file:///C:/Users/baldwinr/Downloads/insects-08-00094%20(1).pdf.
    • B.E. Campbell, P.G.Koehler, L.Buss, R.W. Baldwin. 2016. Recent documentation of the tropical bed bug in Florida since the common bed bug resurgence (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Florida Entomologist 99(3).
    • C. McNeill , R. Baldwin, R.M. Pereira, P.G. Koehler, S. McNeill. 2016. Behavioral Responses of Nymph and Adult Cimex lectularius (Hemiptera:Cimicidae) to Colored Harborages. Journal of Medical Entomology 53(4), 760-769.
    • C. McNeill , R. Baldwin, R. Pereira, E. Harlow, T.G. Roberts. P. Koehler. 2016. Development and Implementation of a Bed Bug IPM Enrichment Curriculum Part 1. American Entomologist 62(2), 78-82.
    • C. McNeill ,R. Baldwin, R. Pereira, E. Harlow, T.G. Roberts. P. Koehler. 2016. Development and Implementation of a Bed Bug IPM Enrichment Curriculum Part 2. American Entomologist (accepted, 4-5 pages).
    • Parker, R. Baldwin, R. Pereira, P. Koehler. 2015. Evaluation of Cyantraniliprole and Other Commercial Fly Baits under Laboratory and Field Conditions. Insects 6(4), 977-987.
    • C.S. Bibbs,* A.M. Vitoreli,* G. Benny, C.L. Harmon, and R.W. Baldwin 2013. Susceptibility of Latrodectus geometricus to a Mucor strain discovered in north central Florida, USA. Florida Entomologist 96(3): 1052-1061.
    • Baldwin, R.W., P.G. Koehler, and R.M. Pereira. 2008. Toxicity of fatty acid salts to German and American cockroaches.  Journal of Economic Entomology 101: 1384-1388.
    • Baldwin, R.W., P.G. Koehler, R.M. Pereira, and F.M. Oi. 2008. Public perceptions of pest problems. American Entomologist 54: 73-79.
    • Baldwin, R.W. and P.G. Koehler. 2007. Toxicity of commercially available household cleaners on cockroaches, Blatella germanica and Periplaneta americana.  Fl. Entomol. 9-(4):703-709.

    Books and Chapters

    • Koehler, P. G., R. M. Pereira, and R.W. Baldwin. 2018. Identifying Household and Structural Pests IFAS SP181.
    • Pereira, R. M., J. Cooksey, R. W. Baldwin, and P. Koehler . 2014. Filth Fly Management in Urban Environments, pp. 43-64. In: P. Dhang (ed.), Urban Insect Pests: Sustainable Management Strategies.
    • Koehler, P.G. Buss, E. Pereira, R. Kern,W. and R.W. Baldwin. 2013. Pests in and Around the Southern Home. IFAS Books SP486, Gainesville, FL 331 pp.
    • Baldwin, R.W. 2008 Soaps as Insecticides. pp. 210-216.  In J.L. Capinera (ed.) Encyclopedia of Entomology. Springer, NY.
    • Baldwin, R.W. and C.W. Scherer 2008. School IPM, or Pest Management on School Grounds. pp 65-75.  In J.L. Capinera (ed.) Encyclopedia of Entomology. Springer, NY.
  • Synergistic Activities

    Outreach and Extension

    • Continuing Education Provider for Urban and Public Health Pest Management in 23 states.
    • Southeast Pest Management Conference, 2001-2023
    • North Florida Pest Management Conference, 2021-2022
    • Southwest Florida Pest Management Conference, 2018-2019, 2021-2022
    • Vector Management Workshop, 2010-2023
    • Insect Encounter at the Florida State Fair, 2008-2020, 2022
    • UF Entomology and Nematology Education and Outreach Director, 2010-present
    • Organize 65-95 education and outreach events per year reaching 8,000-78,000/year.
    • Florida BugFest, 2010-2022
    • UF Entomology Field Camp 2010-2022
    • Florida 4-H Insectathon, 2017-2023
    • Jacksonville/IFAS Formosan Termite Taskforce member, 2016-2018
    • Jacksonville Bed Bug Taskforce, 2011-2018

    National/International Committees

    • Entomological Society of America (ESA), 2001-present
    • ESA Education and Outreach Committee Member, 2012-current, chair 2015, SEB rep 2019-present
    • National Insect Festival Working Group, 2020-2021
    • Pi Chi Omega Pest Control Fraternity, 2004, 2012-present
    • Entomological Foundation Board of Directors, 2017, Board of Counselors, 2009-2018
    • Florida Project Wild Facilitator- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 2007-2018
    • Organizing Committee International Congress of Entomology Insect Expo, 2016
    • National Science Teachers Association, 2014
    • Western Region School IPM Working Group member, 2012
    • Southern Region School IPM Working Group charter member, 2007 – 2010
    • Florida Pest Management Association Education Committee, 2006-2009
    • Florida State Fair Insect Encounters Committee Chair, 2007-2014, current UF organizer
    • Florida Entomological Society Education Committee chair, 2008-2009
    • Florida Limited General Household Pest license holder, 2008-present
    • Florida School IPM Advisory Board, 2001-2005 member, Co-Director 2006-2007
    • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, 2003-2005, 2010-2012, 2020-present
  • Awards
    • 2023 Entomological Society of America Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, Southeastern Branch and National 

    • 2022 USDA National Excellence in College and University Teaching in Food and Agricultural Sciences Teaching and Student Engagement Award 

    • 2022 UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences CALS Council Advisor of the Year Award 

    • 2022 The Florida Entomological Society Annual Achievement Award for Extension 

    • 2021 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Educator Award 


    • 2021 CALS Teaching and Advising “Paper Plate” Student Recognition for Teaching and Advising 


    • 2018 UF First Year Student Advocate Award and nominee for National Resource Center for the First Year Student Experience and Students in Transition Award 


    • 2017 Entomological Society of America Distinguished Service to the Certification Program Award (Regional & National) 


    • 2015-2016 Florida 4-H Association of Extension Agents Outstanding Extension Specialist Award 


    • 2014-2015 College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Advisor of the Year award 


    • 2014-2015 Roche Teaching Fellow 

    • 2013 Friends of Extension IFAS Support Award